Honda CR-Z Coming To America In 2010

Thursday October 22nd, 2009 at 9:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Honda CR-Z Concept

Honda fans can finally rejoice at the official unveiling happening at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, sort of, of the CR-Z coupe. Honda, ever the conservative Japanese car company says that the 2009 CR-Z coupe you see here “remains a concept”, but the car seems production ready to anybody with eyes. Especially since the CR-Z will go on sale in Japan this coming February of 2010 (that’s four months away) and then arrive in North America in the fall. If there’s going to be any major changes, it will be very surprising to see Honda pull it off.

The rather attractive grill from the original 2007 concept has been largely carried over, and still seems like a Honda toned-down interpretation of a Maserati nose to me. The most noticeable changes to the CR-Z being, to some extent, the taller roof and a less raked windshield with A-pillars now blacked out. The higher roof (and the more upright front glass that would have to follow) seems to be compromises allowing people over 4 foot 10 to fit inside.

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Supasse V Sports Coupe For 2009 Tokyo Motor Show

Wednesday October 14th, 2009 at 8:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Supasse V Sports Coupe

Auto shows can be goofy; they always have been (it seems) and the probably always will be. For an example of that, look no further than this year’s Tokyo Motor Show and the car you see here. It’s called the Supasse V Sports Coupe. It looks like an early rendering of a Ferrari Enzo, but it’s actually a one off from a Japanese outfit called Suzusho. Actually, it’s more than a one off, it’s actually a kit car that you could buy and build up yourself (if you live in Japan, or assumedly, over here if you could afford the shipping).

There’s a HUGE kit car industry in Japan. They can be amazingly convoluted things that can turn humdrum sedans into something from an anime movie, literally. The Supasse V Sports Coupe is just that sort of ride.

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Honda EV-N Retro Concept

Monday October 5th, 2009 at 9:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Honda EV-N Concept

More concept news from the Tokyo Motor Show, this time in the guise of a Honda electric vehicle with a decidedly retro flavor. It bares more than a passing resemblance to the Honda N360 and N600 kei cars, only updated, modernized and with an electric drivetrain. In addition to being an EV, the EV-N also boasts some inventive technology, although we’re not quite sure about the custom-fitted unicycle holder. No, I’m not making that up. A little bit ago, Honda showed off a unicycle to all the tech geek blogs. It was self-stabilizing one-wheeled version of a Segway. No, I don’t think Honda will be offering a one wheeler. Nor will they probably be producing the EV-N in any quantity, but it does show what they’re thinking about future EVs.

The electric-”fueled” EV-N is designed for close-fitting metropolitan spaces and short commutes in places like Tokyo. In cases like that, range and interior space will not be a concern. The EV-N is not a road trip car by any means. That also explains the unicycle holder, which is there to hold the company’s gyro-stabilized U3-X unicycle. As I recall, Honda made a car quite similar to this back in the 1980s that featured a small, collapsible scooter stored in the way-back. The idea then, as the idea now, is that you drive your little electric commuter car close to your office or place of work. Park it, take out the unicycle, and ride that the rest of the way in.

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Subaru Impreza WRX STI Carbon Rolls Out at Tokyo Show

Wednesday September 30th, 2009 at 7:99 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Subaru Impreza WRX STi Carbon

It’s still car show season, and although Frankfurt is in the past, The Tokyo Motor Show is looming on the horizon. Of interest is a limited run WRX from Subaru called the Subaru Impreza WRX STI Carbon. Clearly, a car slathered with this much of the wonder material is not aimed at moms toting around the kids or the junior level business exec who wants to tell people he’s “made it”. No, that’s not who the WRX is for to begin with, let alone the WRX STI, let alone a show car special like the WRX STI Carbon.

No, the WRX STI Carbon is aimed at the boy racers out there. The Fast-n-Furious set, if that’s not too dated of a reference. Unlike a lot of older car guys, I’ve never had that much of a problem with the import tuner crowd. ‘Hey, at least they’re into cars’, was what I normally thought. I was a little puzzled by someone who’d drop that much money into an Evo or a Civic to go drag racing with it (V8s are a LOT more cost effective). But cars like the WRX STI Carbon I can sort of understand.

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20 Carmakers Say No to Tokyo

Friday May 22nd, 2009 at 9:55 AM
Posted by: m35man

2009 Tokyo Auto Show

More than 20 major foreign carmakers, including General Motors Corp. and Germany’s BMW AG, will skip the Tokyo Motor Show later this year to save costs, the organizer said Thursday, underlining a deepening slump in the global auto industry.

When money gets tight, car shows suffer. They’re essentially a form of advertising, and when things go south, advertising and marketing are the first things to get cut. It’s not a very forward-thinking approach—I mean, how are you going to attract customers if they don’t know about your new vehicles? But, in a volatile market like this one, cutting expenses by not attending shows, for example, is all part of the game.

22 foreign carmakers have decided to pass on the Tokyo Motor Show, leaving only four foreign makers — including South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co., Italy’s Ferrari and British race car maker Lotus — at the event. All 22, which also include Ford Motor Co., Volkswagen AG, Porsche SE, had attended the previous Tokyo Motor Show in 2007.

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